Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I really did not expect much for the price I paid, however, it is a very nice healthy plant, so I am well pleased.
Also, I purchased seeds for two varieties of gardenia for less than two dollars per pack. One is simply a common gardenia, while the other is a corsage gardenia. The seeds for the common gardenia have already germinated and are looking really good.
Growing plants from seed is not only inexpensive, but allows you to shape the plant to your preferences as it develops.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The plants are: Cestrum nocturnum Jessamine, or Night Blooming Jasmine, seen on the left, and Gardenia jasminoides, August Beauty, on the right.
To add interest I added a mud man and a rock to each container when potting the plants. Both plants will be placed in grow tents under LED lighting to be grown hydroponically.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Reviewing the analytics for my blog, I find that growing Swiss chard indoors hydroponically has become a very popular search term. For whatever reason, there seems to be interest from all around the world in growing chard hydroponically lately; there have been hits on this subject from Saudi Arabia, Australia, Europe and Asia. Why the sudden interest completely baffles me.
The weather has moderated, and will remain so for the next several days, so I moved the olive trees back into the greenhouse until at least next Tuesday.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
In a seldom used area of the basement I suspended a length of 1" x 6" board using a heavy duty adjustable light hanging cord. The LED lights and electrical connections are attached to the board so the lights can be raised and lowered as needed. A small fan for ventilation was also installed using a separate timer.
As most of the olive varieties are Spanish, just for fun, I used the sunrise/sunset tables for Madrid Spain to set the timer for the lights. The calendar on Google is set to remind me to change the timer slightly over the next three months so simulate the winter solstice.
Friday, November 8, 2013
When I looked at the flower bud this morning, it did not look anywhere near like it was ready to open, however, by lunch it had burst into bloom. I am really sorry that I did not set up the time lapse camera, as this would probably make an excellent subject. Well, next time for sure.
The flower has very little scent during the day, however the scent is suppose to increase at night. Time will tell....
Friday, November 1, 2013
To my horror, upon closer inspection with a magnifying headset the following day, I found the plant to be infested with aphids. Additionally, the plant had several brown holes in the leaves, some the size of a dime. It is not a plant you would purchase if you were to see it beforehand.
Not taking any chances, I sprayed all of the plants that came in contact with this plant with insecticide soap; placing all of them in the greenhouse overnight to contain any loose aphids. I also wiped the bottom of each leaf with paper towel soaked in the soap. Today, I spayed them again, this time with Neem Oil, just to be safe. Another inspection followed, fortunately no aphids were found.
The best advice I can offer is: don't trust anyone when adding plants to your indoor garden. Inspect all plants, very carefully.
As an afterthought, I checked the reviews for Hirt's Gardens on Dave's Garden site; the negative reviews outnumber the positive reviews for the past 12 months. Avoid or beware of Hirt's Gardens.